Students will create new stories or write new chapters as they explore craft, workshop with their peers, and study the storytelling approaches of classical and contemporary texts; each day will be broken up into reading time, writing time, and discussion time. Students will receive feedback from both peers and their instructor as they revise and will present their best work at a public reading at the end of the camp.
June 30 – July 6, 2024
One week session
14 – 17
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students
Expand your awareness of your craft as a storyteller. “To make it memorable” is both the goal of the narrator in a story and the yearning of the writer who chooses the words. Savor the creative use of language and explore your insatiable desire to learn more about how to make your stories convincing. In this class, you will generate new stories or chapters, honing your skills as you develop a greater understanding of the elements of craft. You will receive feedback from the instructor and your peers as you revise. Students should be able to maintain focus and write at least 500 words a day.
These art camp classes meet at least five hours per day, Monday through Friday, with a shorter meeting on Saturday. That said, the day is broken up into discussion time, reading time, and writing time. Groups tend to work in a few different places (e.g. the classroom, the library, and outside). Group discussions of work will be based on respect for the effort required to produce well-written, imaginative stories.
Students will explore classical and contemporary texts and a variety of storytelling approaches. Instructors will share their personal experiences of growing from an aspiring writer into a working artist.
Creative writing workshops are open admission. Instructors will work with each child at their level. Students will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been writing for years.
A day in the summer writing program consists of writing, reading, discussion time, and critiquing. Students develop close-reading skills as they examine a variety of stories in terms of craft, and continue to explore the elements of craft (such as characterization, plot, dialogue, and setting) through writing exercises. Students develop their most promising pieces into complete stories or chapters and workshop them with their classmates and receive feedback on their work. Students then revise and polish these pieces and present their best work at the public reading at the end of the program.
Kim Henderson (M.F.A. University of Montana) is the author of The Kind of Girl, which won the Seventh Annual Rose Metal Press Short-Short Chapbook Contest and was published in 2013. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review, Story, Tin House Online, The Southeast Review, The Texas Observer, Catapult, Atticus Review, River Styx, Cutbank, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She has won The Southeast Review’s World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest and has received two Honorable Mentions in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest. Before coming to Idyllwild, Kim taught Creative writing and Composition at the University of Montana, and is originally from New Mexico. She has also taught youth writing classes at the Chautauqua Institution. She is currently at work on a short story collection and a novella-in-flash. kimnhenderson.com
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